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Options for Countertops

One of the first discussions we often have with homeowners who are undertaking a remodel of their kitchen is what material to use for the counter top. The counter top can set the whole theme for the kitchen, and often times it is one of the most expensive pieces of the whole room. Here are a few options to consider:

Granite: Granite is one of the most popular materials to use right now. It is durable, timeless and both scratch and heat resistant. It is easy to clean, but does need to be sealed periodically to keep the integrity of the stone.
Stainless Steel: This is a material that works for most kitchens, and it is easy to clean with soap and water. It is also naturally antibacterial, but it does stain and can scratch.
Butcher Block: Butcher block naturally warms up the kitchen and adds a timeless element right away. Scratches can be easily sanded out, but it is not water proof. It needs to be sealed with mineral oil frequently.
Marble: Marble is one of the most glamorous materials for countertops, but keep in mind that it stains and chips easily, so it may not be the best choice.
Quartz: Quartz is durable and easy to clean, and it imitates the look of granite of marble without the prohibitive costs. It is more resistant to stains and scratches than marble, and it also comes in a variety of colors.
Tile: Tile countertops provide a versatile design, and they are available in a variety of colors and design. They are heat and stain resistant, but can chip very easily. Keep a few tiles handy in case of chipping.